GCC and University of Bergen Sign Research Deal


Geophysical services provider CGG and the University of Bergen, Norway's second largest university, are to step up their R&D co-operation and forge closer ties within the framework of a master research collaboration agreement.

The agreement was signed by CGG and the University of Bergen at a ceremony held at the University on September 15th, the same day as CGG's 75th anniversary celebration in Bergen.

The agreement includes the conduct of joint R&D projects, two of which are already underway, the donation of CGG's seismic processing software, Geocluster, to the University and the creation of an adjunct professorship. This position will allow a closer relationship to develop between graduates and undergraduates and the wider geophysical industry while offering students the opportunity to become actively involved in seismic research and product development at an early stage in their careers. The collaboration will also bring industrial hands-on experience to the University.

Robert Brunck, Chairman and CEO of CGG, said: "I am delighted by this agreement between CGG and the University of Bergen which extends on Multiwave's recent collaboration with the University. The University of Bergen is a cornerstone of European Marine Science, and was in 2002 honoured with the distinction of Centres of Excellence within integrated petroleum research and climate research. Through its strong relationship with Christian Michelsen Research (CMR), UoB also focuses on scientific innovation in order to provide new technology. I strongly believe that a higher level of co-operation will lead to closer integration between the geophysical industry and the research community."

Kare Rommetveit, Director General, University of Bergen, said: "The University has a long tradition of research and education in petroleum geology and geophysics. These activities have had close links with the national oil and service industries. This agreement is a major step forward in our collaboration with the international oil and service industries, and documents the high quality of the relevant research environment at the University of Bergen. Even more important is the fact that it is a key element in our plan for upgrading the field of petroleum geophysics, and that it promises new opportunities for students and scientists in joint educational and research projects with the industry. As a collaborator we are proud to congratulate CGG on their 75th anniversary!"